We’re committed to making the Festival as accessible as possible to all.

Galway is the City of the Tribes, and Galway International Arts Festival looks to embrace all its tribes, old and new. We always strive to provide a warm welcome and to deliver a positive Festival experience for all.

We are committed to being as accessible as possible and inclusive of all individuals irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, religion, age, disability, race, membership of the Traveller community or socio-economic status.

In the sections below, you can find out about our ticketing policy, venue access and accessibility services for those with additional access requirements. Should you have any questions, or if you have any specific requests, please do not hesitate to contact us at or on 091 566577.

Venue Accessibility and Special Assistance

We have compiled a list of our Festival venues with detailed information on accessible entrance, seats, toilets and nearby accessible parking spots. You can access it here. You can find access information under each venue on the website. When on an event page, the venue listed is clickable and will take you to a separate page with further information.

Please let us know of any special needs or requirements at the time of booking. If you require spaces for mobility devices, such as a wheelchair or scooter, or spaces for a support person please advise the box office when booking. For most ticketed events, venues are fit to accommodate those using mobility devices. Please indicate your accessibility requirements in the comment box at the time of booking.

GIAF endeavours to ensure that all Festival venues are accessible, however a number of partner venues have restricted access including Monroe’s, Róisín Dubh, King’s Head and Galway Arts Centre (ground floor only).

Accessible seating is available in a convenient riser location with great stage sightlines at the Heineken Big Top. The elevated riser is for those using wheelchairs and mobility scooters. It is a non-smoking area, and space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you’d like accessible seating, you should inform the Box Office when booking your tickets so spaces can be reserved for you. There is no guarantee of available space on this riser without a prior reservation.

Concession Prices and Discounted Tickets

Concessions on selected shows are available for senior citizens (65 +), unwaged, persons in receipt of disability allowance, asylum seekers and refugees and full-time students with appropriate ID. Concession tickets are for theatre, dance and circus shows only and can be bought online or at the box office where available. Please note customers may be asked proof of status at venues.


Companions are entitled to a free ticket, please contact our Box Office to book this at or on 091 566577.

Guide Dogs and Assistance Dogs

Guide dogs and assistance dogs are permitted to performances at each GIAF venue however some shows/concerts in Monroe’s live venue may not allow the accompaniment of guide and assistance dogs in the interest of the animals’ own safety. If you plan to attend with a guide dog or an assistance dog, please let us know by contacting the box office at: or on 091 566577.

Accessibility Performances

ISL and captioned performances will be offered for select events.


Captioned Performance, Thursday 25 July 2pm

Irish Sign language Interpreted performance Sat 20 July, 2.30pm
Audio described performance (plus touch tour) Tues 23 July, 7pm
Captioned performance, Friday 26 July 7pm

Unspeakable Conversations
Irish Sign Language Interpreted performance, Sat 27 July 2pm
Captioned Performance, Friday 19 July 8pm

Thursday 18 July, 11am

Touch Tour of the Festival Gallery

Touch tour of the Festival Gallery (for visually impaired people)

Thursday 18th July 2024, 11am

Spaces limited. Please book your free visit by emailing Elena or call: 087 7688206 by Thursday 11th July 2024.

Audio Descriptive Guide

Audio guides will be offered to a select number of visual art exhibitions and performances.

Sensory Backpacks

Sensory Backpacks are designed for adults and children who may find the festival environment overwhelming and who may have particular sensory needs. The backpacks contain ear defenders, a stress ball and fidget toys.

A limited number of sensory backpacks will be available to borrow from the Volunteer Hub at The Cube in Aras na Mac Léinn, in the University of Galway. To learn more visit our Sensory Backpacks info page or contact Elena via email at

Sunflower Hidden Disabilities

We have recently become proud members of the Sunflower Hidden Disabilities initiative. Some disabilities are not obvious to others which can make it harder for some people to believe that someone with a non-visible disability needs understanding and support. The Sunflower hidden disabilities initiative provides a tool which allows people to share that they have a hidden disability by wearing a sunflower in the form of a badge or a lanyard. If you wear one of those you can watch out for our venue managers who will be also wearing a sunflower tool and can provide support. For more information on the Sunflower Hidden Disabilities Initiative, you can click here.